Green holidays website Greentraveller.co.uk and Exmoor National Park have published an online guide to show visitors how to make the most of the area in a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on the region’s economy, local communities and natural landscape.
Greentraveller’s Guide to Exmoor National Park (http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/green-holidays-exmoor-national-park) features over 50 recommendations for where to stay, eat and what to see and do in the area. It includes an interactive map of the featured businesses and in-depth information on how visitors can reduce their environmental impact by travelling to and around the area by public transport and on foot or by bike.
Written and researched by experienced travel writer Paul Bloomfield, the guide includes some of the top green places to stay in the area, from an Edwardian hunting lodge B&B and a converted weaver’s cottage, to moorland campsites and a back-to-basics bunkhouse set in a stunning Exmoor valley. The guide also features some of the best places to find local produce, from cosy pubs and authentic restaurants, to farm shops and markets where you can pick up delicious local produce, such as Red Devon beef and locally-caught fish, such as Pollock and river trout. The guide also features plenty of family-friendly things to do in the area, from visitor attractions like museums and steam railways, to outdoor pursuits, such as pony trekking, walking and cycling, as well as adventure activities, such as coasteering, climbing and kayaking.
Dan James, Sustainable Economy Officer for Exmoor National Park, says: “For a long time, Exmoor has been leading the way in promoting sustainable tourism and was one of the first National Parks in the country to gain the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism.
“We’re delighted to be working with Greentraveller to support those businesses that are working to conserve the very asset that tourism here is built upon. We hope that through this initiative many more people will visit this special place in a responsible manner and enjoy everything that Exmoor has to offer. Exmoor is one of the quieter National Parks and has so much diversity to offer once visited most people end up coming time after time again.”
Paul Bloomfield, travel journalist and writer of the Greentraveller Guide to Exmoor National Park, says: “I’ve been exploring Exmoor since I was a toddler – every holiday of my childhood was spent on the North Devon coast, and even now the sounds of squalling seagulls and crashing waves transports me back to happy summer days on seashore and clifftop. Its rich folklore and history have always inspired me, with tales inscribed in every cleft of hill and twist of river – from ancient legends of devilish encounters at Tarr Steps to the sad story of Lorna Doone played out around Badgworthy Water and Oare.
“But during recent visits, particularly hiking the South West Coast Path, what’s become clearer than ever is the richness of experiences on offer in Exmoor. The heather-clad high moor, verdant, hidden river valleys and switchback gradients of the coast beg to be discovered on foot, but there’s also a host of other activities to try – cycling, horse-riding and coasteering, as well as less-strenuous options like wildlife-watching safaris, stargazing or even riding a steam train.
“Most of all, I love the pride Exmoor’s people share in its heritage and landscape. There are so many opportunities to taste local food, enjoy local drinks, meet local faces – just to get away from homogenised Britain and experience truly unique flavours and activities. I’ll be back to enjoy a pint of Exmoor Gold ale and a Devon Red steak as soon as my legs can carry me.”